About This Career
A Marine Engine Room Crew is made up certified and non-certified crew members who are responsible for maintaining the mechanical operations of offshore vessels.
A certified crew consists of a Chief Engineer, Second Engineer, Third Engineer, Fourth Engineer and Marine Engineer Trainee. Responsibilities increase as one progresses from trainee to Chief Engineer. This crew operates, troubleshoots and monitors all mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, refrigeration, water treatment and propulsion systems on the vessel. They also keep watch on deck.
A non-certified crew consists of Junior Engineers, Pumpmen, Oilers and Wipers. Their duties include basic maintenance and operation, such as keeping all equipment lubricated and clean.
The number and variety of certified and non-certified engineering jobs aboard a vessel will depend on its type, size and complexity.
Education: Educational requirements for this occupation vary depending on the role. For non-certified crew members, the minimum requirement is a high school diploma (or equivalent). For certified crew members, certification from Transport Canada is required and progresses with increasing responsibilities from Fourth Class to First Class Marine Engineer. To achieve a leadership position in marine operations, many employers require a technology diploma or degree in nautical studies combined with relevant experience.
Employment: This occupation is found in offshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil and gas services and marine transportation sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Chief Engineer, Second Engineer, Third Engineer, Fourth Engineer, Cadet, Marine Engineer Trainee, Junior Engineer, Engine Room Rating (EER), Qualified Member of the Engine Department, Electrician, Pumpman, Oiler, Wiper
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High Stress Situations
Long Periods of Standing
Working from Heights
Some Overtime Required
Marine and Nautical Services
Oil and gas services
- High School Diploma (or equivalent)
- A signed medical from an approved doctor certifying physical fitness.
- Valid passport as offshore work may involve traveling in international waters and to other countries.